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After this week’s episode of Ramadan mosalsal ‘Le’bet Newton‘ aired, many people were shocked by the scene between Hana and Mo’nes. In this scene, Mo’nes tries to force Hana to have sex, and then we see her as she leaves the room after Mo’nes attempts to rape her. The reason people were shocked is that they didn’t even know that this was considered rape and some believed Hana deserved it! In this article, we’ll be discussing what marital rape is, where the law stands on marital rape, and its psychological effects.
What is marital rape?
Marital rape is using power to force a partner into having sex despite her objection. In other words, it is still considered rape – forcing someone to have sex without their consent – and the only difference is that this person is the husband.
This also includes using an object that penetrates any part of the female body without her consent. This means that marital rape doesn’t only apply to forcing the male organ into the victim’s vagina, but can also include any other part of the female body or any object being used by force by the husband.
Types of marital rape
- Forced thrusting or penetration
- Having sexual intercourse with the wife while she is asleep or unconscious
- Using any kind of blackmail to force her into having sex
The struggle of Marital rape in Egypt
One of the biggest problems we have in Egypt is that people believe that marriage gives the husband unconditional authority over his wife. They believe that this power or authority gives him the right to have sex with her whenever he feels like disregarding her preference entirely. They classify the wife as an object that they own and that it is their right to do whatever they want to her whenever they feel like it.
The problem is that the Egyptian law does not hold the husband accountable when raping his wife and is not punishable by law according to article no. 267 of the Egyptian Penal Code.
Psychological effects of marital rape
- Communication problems
- Loss of sexual desire towards the husband
- Hate towards the husband as well as sexual intercourse
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Sources used in this article:
- Marital rape definition – European Institute for Gender Equality
- The effects of rape on marital and sexual adjustment – The American Journal of Family Therapy
- Female rape in the Egyptian law – Egyptian Penal Code
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